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Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny

Open Now: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Located in the heart of Kilkenny city, Smithwick's Experience Kilkenny is a multi-sensory experience that immerses you in the history of Ireland's oldest ale. Get a flavour for how our famous ale has been crafted over generations and finish with a...more
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Saint Francis Abbey Brewery 44 Parliament Street, Kilkenny R95 VK54, Ireland
+353 56 778 6377
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Part of our pilgrimages to Kilkenny has to involve the home of our favorite Irish beer. Wonder people everywhere and versions we can’t get in the States

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Keith J
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A group of us attended the smithwicks experience last Saturday as we were in killkenny for the weekend. It was great from start to finish with very friendly staff and a great tour guide called Craig. Even as a none drinker it was still worth...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Seán W
Reviewed 1 week ago

You will most likely not learn anything new about brewing or breweries during this tour but I enjoyed it. I love learning about history and this tour had a great mix of family history and area history. Since this is not a working brewery now,...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank em0723
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a truly great experience and the staff was amazing and friendly. Our guide was 7th generation working at Smithwick’s; testament to how this family treated their workers. The beer speaks for itself... I would do it again! Oldest beer in Ireland and a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank KelleyFord16
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well organized 45 minutes tour in the more than 300 years brewery. In the end you go to the bar with the selection of Smithwick's beers. It is really worth to visit, being in Kilkenny.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sergeyi2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went to this tour with my girlfriend recently and it was probably the best brewery tour I’ve done it’s very intimate and very interactive. The tour guide was very good very funny so friendly, definitely would recommend a visit, well worth money 👌🏻😆 best...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Killian R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the best distillery tour we had while in Ireland. Very knowledgeable staff and certainly interesting. Oh yeah and the beer is great too!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank K2159DJmarys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We completed several beer tours while in Ireland and this one was totally worth it. They have it very organized and worth the time spent. They have an assortment of beer at the end along with a fabulous gift shop. Make sure you make reservations...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tracym445
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Toured the Experience for the 2nd time in recent years last week and enjoyed it just as much as the first time. A few things have changed since my first visit but it's a really neat tour telling the history and explaining the production of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank FlaDave
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The brewery was moved from this original location when Guinness bought the business otherwise I would have given 5 stars. Our tour guide was excellent and the use of multi media effects are excellent. The talking portraits of the ancestors telling the history is fantastic...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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April 3, 2018|
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Response from minghaf | Property representative |
Hello firegk13, Bus and trains depart from Dublin to killenny on a regular basis from Dublin City Centre. You can check this online at buseireann or iarnroid eireann. I hope this helps.
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hi Dorothy R, The Smithwick's Experience is fully wheelchair accessible. Please feel free to call me directly if you have any specific queries regarding entrance, tour times etc. Kind regards, Valerie (056 7786377)
Katie P
June 18, 2017|
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Response from Valerie O | Property representative |
Hi Kaite99, The benefit to buying tickets online is that you receive a 10%discount off adult admission. Tours run regularly throughout the day so when you visit, bring along your booking reference number and we will get you... More